Ian Warden

Ian Warden

Ian Warden is a columnist for The Canberra Times

100 years ago: Censuring the censors

Ian Warden One hundred years ago this week the editor of Queanbeyan's Age complained that war reports his paper was receiving were heavily-censored, rose-tinted accounts.

Forget the kangaroos, Canberra once culled hares

Ian Warden As we write, government-hired musketeers culling kangaroo. But last century it was a different bounding species drawing gunfire.

Gang-gang: South Sudanese Women Choir send tingles down the spine

Ian Warden There is something vertebrae-janglingly thrilling about the high-pitched singing of the South Sudanese Women Choir.

Gang-gang. Let There Be (Electric) Light

Ian Warden Today the smoke stack base at the old, retired Kingston Power Station (now the Glassworks) is decorated with a stylised, chimney-shaped, totem pole of glass and light.

Gang-gang 100 Years Ago: Goulburn's Purring Belgian

A reveller celebrates Belgium's annual Cat Festival.

Ian Warden One hundred years ago this week, Goulburn was being enchanted by a Belgian cat called Lord Kitchener.

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. War, The Tonic

Ian Warden In 1915 some influential Britons, always looking on the bright side of life, suggested the war might be a jolly good mental tonic. 

Gang-gang. In defence of the Dawn Service numbers

Ian Warden  The Australian War Memorial has responded with courteous indignation to Tuesday's column.

Gang-gang 100 Years Ago: This race of athletes

Ian Warden One hundred years ago this week, British war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett was writing and filing his first eyewitness stories of the landing of the Australians and New Zealanders at Gallipoli.

Gang-gang. True Blue Donations

Ian Warden A study of which colour people are attracted to when asked to give money has vindicated our prime minister.

Gang-gang: 100 years ago - WWI nurses welcome Queen Alexandra's gifts

Ian Warden Socialite "Clio" of Melbourne's Punch was gushing over the British monarchy.

Gang-gang: Well-travelled poppy

Ian Warden The monuments on Gallipoli have been especially poppy-festooned in recent days. But few of the poppies there can have been as well-travelled as the one in our picture.

Gang-gang 100 Years Ago: Eager to fight

Reports from Egypt during the First World War told of a lone piper playing as evening fell.

Ian Warden One hundred years ago today, with (unbeknownst to Australians at home) the storming of Gallipoli only hours away, Adelaide's Advertiser published the latest (censor delayed) despatch from Captain...

Gang-gang. Mud-Encrusted Artefacts

Ian Warden In recent days this column has spent quite some time not so much marooned as ensconced on Springbank Island in Lake Burley Griffin.

'Khakimania' an epidemic in times of war

Ian Warden In 1915 Melbourne's feminist Woman Voter offered a sane alternative voice in a time of mad "khakimania".

Gang-gang: Canberra bombards the Kaiser

A bridge over driving waters at Canberra Golf Course, 1933.

Ian Warden One hundred years ago today, hours away from the landings at Gallipoli, Canberrans got the opportunity to bombard Germany's Kaiser.

Gang-gang 100 Years Ago: 'They Want To Fight'

Ian Warden In a censorship-delayed report, a Special Correspondent testified that he'd watched an awesome "Dominion troops display" in the desert near Cairo.

Gang-gang: Religious Leanings

A World War I postcard of the Leaning Virgin of Albert.

Ian Warden Images of the half-toppled Leaning Virgin of Albert in France feature on World War I postcards.

Gang-gang: Affordable limbs for Allies

Ian Warden Wendy Cummins read our recent story (Gang-gang, 9 April) about a World War I veteran who lost a leg in the war but who then, once home, crafted a fine wooden leg for himself.

Gang-gang: 100 Years Ago - Footie and War

War-interrupted play: Carlton Premiers in 1915.

Ian Warden Was professional football a wickedness in time of war? Melbourne's "Argus" reported Mr Adamson, headmaster of Melbourne's Wesley College, laying down the law for his pupils 100 years ago this...


Gang-gang. Plumageism Rears Its (Red) Head

Ian Warden Lake Burley Griffin's enigmatic, aloof, just-out-of-reach Springbank Island has been getting some Gang-gang limelight here.